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peaceful

adjective

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1 inclined to live in peace and to avoid war
  • a peaceful tribe that had quietly inhabited these shores for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans

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2 not involving violence or force
  • UN officials struggled to find a peaceful solution to the troublesome conflict

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3 free from disturbing noise or uproar
  • a peaceful house, now that the kids are all grown and departed

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4 free from storms or physical disturbance
  • a peaceful lake

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How is the word peaceful different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of peaceful are calm, placid, serene, and tranquil. While all these words mean "quiet and free from disturbance," peaceful implies a state of repose in contrast with or following strife or turmoil.

grown peaceful in old age

In what contexts can calm take the place of peaceful?

The synonyms calm and peaceful are sometimes interchangeable, but calm often implies a contrast with a foregoing or nearby state of agitation or violence.

the protests ended, and the streets were calm again

When could placid be used to replace peaceful?

In some situations, the words placid and peaceful are roughly equivalent. However, placid suggests an undisturbed appearance and often implies a degree of complacency.

remained placid despite the criticism

When would serene be a good substitute for peaceful?

The words serene and peaceful can be used in similar contexts, but serene stresses an unclouded and lofty tranquility.

watched the sunset of a serene summer's evening

When can tranquil be used instead of peaceful?

Although the words tranquil and peaceful have much in common, tranquil suggests a very deep quietude or composure.

the tranquil beauty of a formal garden

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The first known use of peaceful was in the 14th century

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28 May 2020

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“Peaceful.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/peaceful. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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